Government

Government
6:07 am
Thu May 31, 2012

Revised pension plan moves to House floor

Michael Madigan (D) Chicago

A revised plan  to overhaul state pensions has cleared its first hurdle and is headed to the Illinois House.

Just yesterday, partisan differences had threatened to kill prospects for a pension overhaul when Republicans refused to go along with House Speaker Michael Madigan's plan to cut pension costs. Madigan transferred sponsor ship to House Republican Leader Tom Cross.

Read more
Government
11:21 am
Wed May 30, 2012

Around Illinois – May 30

  • ICC quadruples ComEd delivery rate reduction
  • Lawsuits challenge same-sex marriage ban
  • Democrat quits 12th District Congressional race
  • Dixon is advertising for a Finance Director
    … and federal officers want to sell assets

Read more
Government
10:01 am
Wed May 30, 2012

Tensions mount in Illinois House over pensions

The Illinois House is divided over a measure that would bring major changes to the state's pension system. The plan was approved by a committee on Tuesday. But it ignited a tense debate on the House floor. 

Read more
Government
7:08 am
Wed May 30, 2012

Cigarette tax hike goes to governor

Illinois smokers should prepare to spend more money on cigarettes. The proposed dollar-a-pack increase cleared its final legislative hurdle Tuesday. Governor Pat Quinn says he will sign the measure.

Read more
Government
12:24 pm
Tue May 29, 2012

Sweeping pension changes go to the House floor

State and university employees and public school teachers will have to accept lower cost-of-living adjustments in retirement or see future pay increases not count toward pensions under  sweeping changes to the state pension system approved this morning by an Illinois House committee

Read more
Government
9:53 am
Tue May 29, 2012

Around Illinois – May 29

  • House committee considers university cuts
  • Detention center opponents continue struggle
  • Kirk’s ex-wife files election funding complaint

Read more
Government
7:29 am
Tue May 29, 2012

Dire Predictions Amid Another Looming Fiscal Battle

There are growing warnings on Capitol Hill that the nation could be rolling toward an end-of-the-year fiscal train wreck.

"The looming tax hike will be absolutely devastating," Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said.

"You can call this a fiscal cliff. You can call it 'Taxmageddon' as others have done. Whatever you call it, it will be a disaster for the middle class," Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, added.

And Sen. Ben Nelson, D-Neb., said: "It's a tsunami; there's no question about it, and it's coming."

Read more
Government
7:23 am
Tue May 29, 2012

Extended cell-phone restriction sent to governor

Representative Jerry F. Costello, II

Illinois drivers could soon be banned from talking on cell phones while going through an emergency zone. State lawmakers sent the measure to the governor Monday. 

Read more
Government
3:15 pm
Fri May 25, 2012

Around Illinois – May 25

  • A different memorial for holiday weekend
  • Illinois Senate approves strip club fee
  • Gambling backers looking for support
  • Bag recycling bill will need recycling

Read more
Government
5:05 am
Fri May 25, 2012

General Assembly Approves Massive Medicaid Cuts

The General Assembly has overwhelmingly approved steep cuts to Medicaid, Illinois' system of health care for the poor.   Backers of the cuts say they are a long-overdue correction for a program that has grown out of control.

Read more

Pages